Pathway out of life on streets
MANNY Salmon had a haircut, went to the dentist and had his dog microchipped in a single day.
He was among about 2000 people at the annual Homeless Connect Perth held in Russell Square, Northbridge that provides essential health services, food and general support for homeless people.
Retired hairdresser Stephanie Doust picked up the scissors again to volunteer for the November 14 event.
It was the BHP lab technician’s first Homeless Connect.
“I like to see everyone’s smiles when I’ve finished their haircut,” she said.
Ms Doust is one of about 450 volunteers who help before, during and after the annual event co-ordinated by Volunteering WA and the City of Perth.
Jackie Isaccs and Loretta Watson are members of the Women’s International Network Group, aka WING, that helped serve a twocourse lunch to guests.
Guests had access to support such as birth certificate services, optometrists, and food and clothing shops.
Volunteering WA chief executive Tina Williams said simple things like getting a birth certificate could help the guests access many other services.
“The idea is they find a permanent pathway out of homelessness from the services on the day,” Ms Williams said.
She said as well as connecting guests to services, Homeless Connect introduced services to one another for referrals.